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Sep 5, 2012 6:00am PDT
. >> reporter: it's beginning to look a lot like christmas in one part of tokyo. there is a tree, lots of toys and a handful of santa girls. christmas is still more than 100 daze away. 51 toy makers are displaying more than 10,000 products at this trade show. the event is for buyers and sellers only. people who work in the toy industry are excited to see what's on offer. >> i came to check out all the cool new toys. >> reporter: the event is a chance for japanese toy manufacturers to show how they are adapting to changing times. >> translator: it's true that our market has been struggling because of a decrease in the number of children. but we have been making efforts to expand the market by developing toys targeting adults and using high technology. >> reporter: many toy manufacturers are trying to integrate smart phones with their products. >> this is called a smart pet. you can't interact with it as you can with a real dog but you can still get a reaction. users can feed these pets virtual food and make them come when called. manufacturers say children find these types of toys easy to use b
Sep 2, 2012 5:30pm PDT
>>> welcome to "newsline." i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. surveyors from japan's capital have done is survey in the east china sea. china and taiwan also claim the territory. a team from the tokyo metropolitan government wanted to check them out in order no buy them but they never stepped on shore. ordered the survey. he wants a metropolitan government to buy three uninhabitated islands. so they inspected the area from their ships. some team members switched to smaller boats to study the waters and shore around the largest island. >> translator: we will use the data for the purchase and good use of the islands. >> he said they need to land to properly measure the island's size and to inspect the ecosystem. the governor says he'll join the team on a return trip next month. he's demanding the central government allow them to land. >>> a chinese government official protested against the survey. and chinese media joined in with their criticisms. the foreign ministry official launched a complaint with japanese embassy staff in beijing. both sides restated their country's positions.
Sep 6, 2012 7:00pm PDT
in 2008. now to see how stocks are trading this friday here in tokyo, we go to ramin mellegard standing by at the tokyo stock exchange. good morning. investors were waiting for some kind of signal. it seems like they got it. >> yeah, they did get it, yonggi. positive signals almost everywhere you looked. first the ecb announcement of unlimited bond purchases which you just covered in detail. and then, of course, data out of the u.s. jobs released data. we had the private sector adp numbers and also the weekly jobless claims which turned out to be pretty positive as well. let's see how all of that is translating into the markets here in tokyo. and pretty strong signals here as well. up over -- just over 2% for the nikkei. 8862 and the topix there up almost 2% at 732. so pretty positive start here. now after closing thursday nearly flat on the day, we could see up market sentiment for the nikkei and the topix and specifically on higher volume. especially after the lackluster sessions we've had so far this week waiting for all the news that we just got on thursday. and i can tell you, just
Sep 5, 2012 7:30am EDT
. makota oda has the story. >>> the dispute over island in the east china sea. officials with the tokyo government carried out an offshore survey of the senkakus on sunday. some people expressed support for the incident involving the ambassador's car. internet users called the men heroes. chinese government officials apparently wanted to settle the case quickly before things got of control. they are arranging talks later this week. and the two countries will hold a series of events to mark the 14th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic ties at the end of september. still, comments criticizing the government are starting to appear on the internet. some say the penalties in the flag episode are too severe. others say the government is incompetent. young people in particular, are harboring bad feelings towards japan. the communist party ramped up nationalistic education in the 1990s. the government now seems to be having trouble keeping a lid on those sentiments. some people are trying to organize later this month. with no end in sight in the dispute over the senkaku island. tensi
Sep 4, 2012 7:00pm PDT
apple shares could gain. and to see how the stocks are trading here in tokyo this wednesday we switch over to ramin mellegard at the tokyo stock exchange. ramin, how are stocks kicking off today? >> very good morning to you. indeed, we had a mixed session in the u.s. come to the opening levels here in just a second. the dow of course faltering a touch on weak manufacturing data which showed a contraction in august for the lowest level in three years. but then again, we had the nasdaq trading higher on hopes, as you said there, for gains for apple on pending new line of products next week. we'll look forward to that. let's have a look at the opening levels, of course, here for the nikkei and the topix this wednesday. 8,740, down .4%. for the nikkei, 723. topix down the same amount. the nikkei closed slightly lower yesterday on profit taking following another up and down day. volatility was seen in the likes of sharp which closed up 12.3% yesterday, having been down 18% in the two sessions before yesterday. so we'll definitely keep track of sharp today, for any further volatility. also,
Sep 17, 2012 5:30pm PDT
in tokyo. people across china are raising banners and their voices against japan. the demonstrators have been protesting against the japanese government's purchase of the senkaku islands in the east china sea. messages online are calling for rallies in 58 cities on tuesday. they'll mark the anniversary of the incident in 1931 that led to japan's invasion of manchuria. around 200 people gathered monday in front of the japanese embassy in beijing. it was the seventh straight day of protests there. rallies took place in dozens of chinese cities over the weekend. some turned violent. police in beijing posted a statement online saying that destroying property is not patriotic. they called on protesters to observe law and order. police detained suspects accused of attacking a japanese-affiliated supermarket and destroying japanese vehicles. a spokesperson called on protesters to exercise restraint. but he stopped short of telling them to end their demonstrations. the japanese embassy is warning japanese nationals in china to be cautious. all japanese schools in mainland china plan to close on
Sep 5, 2012 7:00pm PDT
.s. stock prices ended mixed again. to see how they're trading thursday in tokyo, we go to ramin standing by. ramin, how are things kicking off this thursday? >> very good morning. let's have a look at the opening levels for the nikkei and the t topix. they're both trading just bea y barelies in positive and they're up a tenth of a percent. let's not forget the nikkei closed at a one month low on wednesday and it was down for a fifth straight day. china-related stocks were lower and continued concerns about the u.s. economies not helped by a stronger yen in the last couple of days. economic recovery in japan also a major focus for investors as political gridlock sets in here with on opposing political parties at loggerheads over aa bill which at its center surrounding the issuance of debt-covering bonds. if that bill is derailed, there could be more of a big issue regarding long-term direction of interest rates here in japan. so we're going to be focusing on that as well. now, apart from interest rates, of course currency markets are a major focus. we've been touching on the european centra
Sep 25, 2012 7:00pm PDT
reporter at the tokyo stock exchange. how are things looking this morn? >> the nikkei average broke below the key 9,000 mark at the owe. the first time in almost two weeks that the bench mark index fell below that psychologically important mark. having a look at opening levels, nikkei down 1.5%. pretty hefty losses there the topics down, down about 1.6% so far. overnight in new york, the dow jones industrial average fell for a third straight session. it was down three quarters of one percent and the tech-heavy nasdaq that index, bigger losses, down 1.4% on the day. those falls have a lot to do with investors taking profits before the quarter comes to an end. now, one company that became a major drag on the market was caterpillar, the heavy equipmentmaker. it slashed its profit outlook on monday, citing a sluggish global economy. and there is concern more companies could follow suit. it wasn't all bad news on wall street. we actually got some pretty positive economic numbers. now, u.s. consumer confidence rose to its highest level in seven months in the month of september. we got housing d
Sep 3, 2012 6:00am PDT
of tokyo. the proposal is the first of its kind and they've made to a preeffectural government in tochigi prefectures. they outlined the plan to the governor. the central government is responsible for disposing of radioactive wash and mud in nine prefectures. levels of cesium exceed the standard. tochigi prefecture is storing 900 tons of radioactive waste at sewer and other areas. the national forest in yaita city is large enough and far enough from residential areas for storge. the government wants to store radioactive waste in drums in underground concrete facility and dig wells to check whether radioactive materials are seeping into ground water. the government says the level of radioactivity in the air would not exceed 100th of one millisievert. the maximum annual amount not considered damaging to human health. >> translator: we need to courteously explain to the residents why the place was chosen. we'll do our best to get them to understand the facility will be safe. >> the proposal has raised tension among people in yaita city. >> reporter: someone has to take the waste. >> translat
Sep 20, 2012 6:00am PDT
disclosed the deployment plan in tokyo on monday after meeting with his japanese counterpart satoshi morimoto. north korea's foreign ministry said in a statement that the step would only add to tensions and fuel a race for military expansion. the statement went on to stress the north would continue to further its nuclear program. the statement said it's only natural for the country strengthen its nuclear deterrent in the face of an arms buildup by the united states, which has the world's largest nuclear arsenal. >>> there's a new alert on global warming. researchers using satellite data say arctic sea ice coverage has shrunk to a record low. they say the ice is shrinking faster thanredicted and could have a grave impact on the world's climate. scientists from nasa and the university of colorado say the polar icecap measured 3.4 million square kilometers as of september 16th this year. the figure is the smallest since 1979 when comparable recordkeeping began. the polar icecap is now nearly half of its average area through 2000. the measurement is lower than the previous record set in
Sep 19, 2012 7:00pm PDT
>>> hello, welcome to nhk "newsline." it's thursday, september 20. i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. >>> the vice president said the japanese need to stop undermining japanese sovereignty. his comments follow more than a week after the purchase of the senkakus islands. xi met in beijing with leon panetta. xi criticized the nationalization of the islands. he said the purchase was a farce. xi urged u.s. leaders not to intervene. the islands fall under the scope of the security treaty. the treaty should not apply to the territory. a senior u.s. defense official quotes panetta as saying u.s. officials won't take sides. panetta is urging diplomats to keep talking to resolve the issue diplomatically and peacefully. >>> japan's coast guard officials are keeping a close eye on government ships in waters off the senkakus islands. there's no sign of a chinese flotilla. they have spotted 16 chinese patrol ships around the area since tuesday. they are fishing monitoring ships and vessels. at least six of those ships have now left the area. two were cruising near japanese waters on thursday morn
Sep 20, 2012 7:00pm PDT
economic weakness. >>> and so how are tokyo markets kicking off? we go to the tokyo stock exchange. good morning. a bit of caution seems to be returning to the markets. >> reporter: good morning. that's right. some manufacturing data out of china and the eurozone put a drag on markets yesterday, and weekly jobless data out of the u.s. came in below market consensus. that's further dampened market sentiment. let's look at how markets are opening in tokyo this friday morning. both the nikkei and the topix higher. the nikkei up to 9,-111. the top yix up 0.2% at 755. the nikkei ended lower yesterday on the stronger yen against the dollar and you areeuro after th of japan announced military easing measures. the nikkei gave up gains from the policy announcement. now with the eurozone's manufacturing data for august coming in at a three-year low, we may see further declines in cyclical stock such as trade, oil, and shipping companies. and also with no major economic data released due today, the release of the iphone 5 may just give the market trading direction. we'll be keeping an eye on apple-
Sep 13, 2012 7:00pm PDT
's moving tokyo stocks this friday morning. the nikkei up 1.2%. the topix up to 752. the nikkei is at a two-week high and ended just we low the 9,000 level yesterday. today investors will be paying attention to stocks to economic cycles. also in japan coming under focus will be banking and financial sector stocks and their reaction to the u.s. central banks move to provide liquidity to their economy. ramin. >> now this is the third round of quantitative easing. how are currency markets trading? >> reporter: let's take a look at how the markets are moving now. the dollar/yen at 77.57. the dollar weaker against the yen trading near a seven-month low. that came off the feds announcement. that's prompting an expectation that the bank of japan could take monetary easing measures when it meets next week. the euro is still at a over two-month high. really today we are going to see probably a lot of market sentiment but could some gains could be by the market. >> thank you. that's all for business news for this hour. i'll just leave you with a recap of the regional markets. >>> people across the ar
Sep 18, 2012 7:00pm PDT
in opposition to comments panetta made in tokyo. the u.s. defense chief said the san can you can you islands lie within the area covered by the security treaty. he added china expects the u.s. to maintain the neutral stance regarding conflicting claims of sovereignty. business leaders in china are responding in different ways. yucat how are business leaders and business people dealing with the situation? >> many japanese shops and factories were closed yesterday and protests continued to affect firms in the country and some businesses are to resume operations while others will remain shuttered. electronics maker sony will restart two plants on wednesday. they were closed on tuesday with more demonstrations expected. four auto makers also plan to restart local production on wednesday. they're nissan, mitsubishi, mazda, and suzuki. honda will keep offline five auto assembly plants. honda officials say protests will make it difficult to transport their products. another car maker, toyota will continue to halt output on wednesday. retailers have also been affected. the supermarket and three departme
Sep 4, 2012 6:00am PDT
death. nhk world reports. >> reporter: gathering in front of the agency in tokyo. they want to know how and why a japanese reporter was killed in syria. he worked alongside her in tokyo. >> translator: i want to know who shot mika yamamoto and i want to know the circumstances of the shooting. >> reporter: syrians say yamamoto didn't have a visa to be in the country and they are not responsible for her death. the journalists got separated. he wants the government to clarify what happened to her. this video was taken in the hour before she died. shots ring out and the video ends there. mika yamamoto explains why she covered conflicts in an interview with nhk. >> translator: if no one is there to explain what is happening gradually the situation gets worse. even a little bit of information can help end the conflict sooner or prevent escalation. >> reporter: a video was released last week. showing what they said about the captured government soldier. he said government troops met in aleppo and decided to kill journalists. he confessed to being involved in murdering her. government officials
Sep 6, 2012 6:00am PDT
for diseases caused by abnormal protein production. such illnesses include cancer and dementia. >>> tokyo electric power company officials will provide more video showing how they dealt with the aftermath of the nuclear accident at fukushima daiichi. they recently released a shortened version of intense teleconferences over their first five days. members of the public and the media criticized the partial disclosure. tepco spokespersons say they will release video recorded in the month after the disaster. the utility already disclosed 150 hours of video of teleconferences between its tokyo head office and the plant. tepco banned the media from making copies. the new video documents the days when tepco engineers had problems securing twurt school spent fuel rods at fukushima daiichi. this reignited fears of further nuclear fallout. japanese leaders also approved the unannounced release of low-level radioactive water into the ocean during this time. that prompted criticism from neighboring countries. tepco spokespersons say they will partially edit the new video despite calls for full disclo
Sep 18, 2012 6:00am PDT
the money, and the governor of tokyo would sell the nationalization to the -- the idea to the japanese government. so the japanese government thought that they could sell this deal to the chinese side. unfortunately, the chinese didn't buy it. the reason, one of the biggest reason is that they are in the middle of the politically sensitive season. >> now, the chinese government officials say japanese representatives agree to avoid any territorial action on the senkakus. they say the japanese broke the promise. what's your take on this? >> well, they say there's an idea of shelvif inving the issu senkaku. there must have been some kind of unilateral practice by some of the japanese politicians with respect to the island. japanese government said there was no agreement like that in the past. >> they've called on protesters to show restraint, but he stopped short of telling them to stop the demonstration. what do you think are the intentions of the chinese government? >> they have a big dilemma. they are facing a wrong deed by the japanese government so, they have to do something. otherwi
Sep 19, 2012 6:00am PDT
of japan's energy policy. nhk world, tokyo. >>> prime minister noda has appointed shunichi tanaka as the chairman of japan's new nuclear regulation authority. the authority replaces the defunct nuclear agency which dealt with the fukushima daiichi accident. >> translator: the new authority was in many ways born out of the fukushima incident. i would like to improve nuclear regulatory governance from now on. >> tanaka was deputy head of the atomic energy commission. noda has also appointed the four other members of the authority, including a nuclear reactor expert, and a seismologist. japanese nuclear crisis minister goshi hosono said he believes the authority will do its best. >> translator: the safe regulation of nuclear power has been shattered to pieces. but i believe the authority will carry out its mission to rebuild trust and safety. >> hosono also stressed that transparency with the public is needed. >>> policymakers at the bank of japan are taking further action to try to give the economy a jolt. they've approved additional steps toward monetary easing. they'll be buying u
Sep 3, 2012 7:00pm PDT
daiichi has been a struggle. japanese government officials proposed a site north of tokyo. the proposal is the first of its kind they made it a prefecture government. the environment ministries outlined the plan to governor. the central government is responsible for disposing of more than 42,000 tons of radio active ash and mud in prefectures. the level of cesium exceeds the standard of 8,000 becquerels per kilogram. the prefecture is temporarily storing about 9,000 tons of radio active waste at sewage treatment plants and other facilities. environment ministry officials say a 4 hector national forest is large enough and far enough from residential areas. the government want to store radio active waste in drums at the site in an underground concrete facility. it also want to dig wells to check whether radio active materials are seeping into ground water. the government says the level of radio activity in the air would not exceed 100th of 1 millisievert, the maximum amount not considered damage tlg human health. >> translator: we need to courtusly explain to residents why the place was c
Sep 12, 2012 7:30am EDT
>>> welcome back to "newsline." i'm yuko aotani in tokyo. israeli prime minister netanyahu is growing impatient with the international response to iran's nuclear development. he said sanctions and diplomacy have failed and he dismissed calls for israel to refrain from attacking iran. >> the world tells israel wait, there's still time. i say, wait for what? wait until when? >> netanyahu said if the international community refuses to give iran deadlines, it has no right to give israel orders. he's been asking the u.s. to set a deadline for military action, but u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton says there's still time for diplomacy to work. netanyahu will head to the united states later this month but won't be meeting u.s. president barack obama. israeli media quoted a senior israeli official saying white house staff declined netanyahu's request for a meeting with obama. netanyahu wanted to discuss iran's nuclear program. he was expected to press obama to set deadlines. the first time netanyahu has visited the u.s. without meeting the president, since taking office three
Sep 14, 2012 7:30am EDT
>>> welcome back to "newsline." i'm yuko aotani in tokyo. >>> the japanese coast guard says six chinese ships entered japanese waters near disputed island in the east china sea. three remain in the area around the senkakus. the coast guard is warning them to leave. the officials confirmed that two vessels belonging to chinese state oceanic administration entered the area at 6:20 a.m. japan time. they passed 22 kilometers off the senkakus. four ships later entered japanese waters. officers say the crew of the chinese ships told them they're conducting a regular patrol. the crew reportedly said the island have traditionally been chinese territory. this is the first time since july, that the chinese government vessels have intruded into japanese waters. the japanese government bought the senkakus from a private owner. japanese chief, cabinet secretary, expressed regret over the incident. he said the government is demanding that the chinese fleet leave the area immediately. >> translator: it is the first time that as many as six ships have intruded into japanese territorial waters.
Sep 26, 2012 7:00am EDT
to be replenished, and i certainly want the replenishment to be completed at the tokyo annual meeting. i need a 90% majority of the imf support it, and we are making huge progress. it was characteristic to see that actually the low income countries volunteered themselves by actually committing the windfall profit from the gold sale that was done by the imf a couple years ago in order to replenish that fun. and i sorely hope that other countries, including advanced economies, to that as well. we're getting very, very close as i said. third point that i would like to mention before i turn very briefly to what the imf has done, does, and will do is the middle east. so clearly, it's clearly an important part of the world where massive transition is happening, and we will be discussing that in tokyo at time of our annual meeting. we've all been shocked and saddened by the events of recent weeks. the sacrifice, the sacrifices that have been made, the suffering that has been endured, make it all the more important that we keep our eyes on the big picture, that initial promise of the arab countries transi
Sep 21, 2012 6:00am PDT
election. delegates voted him in at a leadership convention in tokyo. nhk world's mayuko ambe reports. >> reporter: delegates have given prime minister noda another mandate. the voting results show he won with an overwhelming majority over three other contenders. they campaigned against the prime minister for nearly two weeks. they attacked noda's policies including measures to help low-income households following the tax hike, steps toward joining the free trade agreement in the pacific region, and his new energy policy. most of all, they criticized the way noda managed the party. they blamed him for the departure of a number of party members. but in the end, the challengers failed to gain enough support. other possible contenders may have proven more popular, but they decided not to run. they may have considered it unwise to become the head of a party that may well lose in the next general election. mayuko ambe, nhl world, tokyo. >>> the noda administration faces complex challenges. they include territorial disputes with china and south korea, japan's new energy policy, and an exten
Aug 31, 2012 7:00pm PDT
all over the world. in japan a tokyo court has rejected the u.s. high tech giant's argument that its south korean rival violated its patents. apple filed a lawsuit against samsung electronics japan arguing that samsung infringed on its patents this what is called synchronization technology. this allows the transfer of data from other computers to smartphones other other tablet computers. the judge dismissed apple's claim on friday. he said that the two firms use different mechanisms to compare files in the process of synchronization. apple and samsung are suing each other over their patents in ten nations. this is first ruling by a japanese court on the patent dispute. the tokyo court is now weighing cases involving other patents with the two companies. apple in japan did not give a formal statement on the ruling. however, a company spokesperson said that the ruling covered just one of the contested patents and does not mean the u.s. firm lost the entire case in japan. it also cited apple's victory over its rival in the united states. meanwhile, samsung released a statement saying it
Sep 7, 2012 7:00pm PDT
. tokyo and beijing are celebrating the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations. china's ambassador to japan says both countries need to keep in mind a broader perspective when handling sensitive issues. ambassador cheng yonghua spoke at an event marking the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations. >> translator: china and japan need to develop healthy and stable relations by paying attention to the mutual interest of their people and by dealing appropriately with complicated and sensitive issues. >> cheng noted as both countries under go new phases of development, they face opportunities to deepen friendship and cooperation but also difficult challenges. the commemorative event features chinese traditional performance art and cuisine. one of japan's all-girl idol groups was invited to perform. the group is also popular in china. >>> the latest exercise by south korean security forces is expected to further inflame a diplomatic dispute with japan. soldiers and police are taking part in a drill around takeshima islands in the sea of japan. south korea has controlled the territory si
Sep 10, 2012 7:00pm PDT
. residents of tokyo and other cities have come to learn about the situation of fishing in the region. this woman is one of the organizers. she was born in the city of iwaki in fukushima to a family of fishermen. now a student in tokyo, she's worried about her parents and her hometown's future. >> translator: i hope my father can start fishing again. >> reporter: the city of iwaki is located about 50 kilometers south of the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant. her father has caught white bait and other fish for years. >> translator: my boat survived the tsunami. >> reporter: he risked his life to save the boat. but after the tsunami, he still cannot put it to good use. he has concerns about sea contamination and it continues to prevent them from saving their catch. >> translator: we have no idea at all when we'll be able to start fishing again. we're worried about making a living with our boats. this whole situation makes us feel very insecure. >> reporter: she wanted to help her father. she came up with the idea of bringing consumers to iwaki to make funds for the local fishermen. >> tra
Sep 18, 2012 7:30am EDT
>>> welcome back to "newsline." i'm yuko aotani in tokyo. >>> waves of demonstrators are marching past the beijing embassy. protestors are outraged about the japanese government's nationalization of the senkaku islands in the east china sea. the protesters are parading in front of the embassy compound. they're carrying chinese flags and placards. some of them have thrown eggs and plastic bottles at the embassy. several thousand police officers are guarding the area. the largest show of security since the protest began last week. people in 52 cities across china have staged similar protests. people in guangzhou marched around a building housing the consulate general. people in guangzhou and shanghai are taking part in similar demonstrations. officials at honda motors say they'll stop operations through wednesday at five plants in guangzhou. it will be hard to ship products with threat of violence. nissan motors closed two factories in central china since sunday. toyota, mazda, mitts subishi an suzuki have shut their plants. the supermarket chain closed all 15 stores in china. ito y
Sep 12, 2012 6:00am PDT
tokyo electric power company, the operator of the fukushima nuclear sight. the u.s. regulatory commission will take part so will a member of the diet party. tell us, what will these experts be doing? >> any executor or manager will tell you how difficult it is to change corporate culture, but that's exactly what these people are taking on. the focus on the management's overconfidence in prevents nuclear accidents and their unwillingness to accept criticism. the experts were chosen because they were not influenced by a japanese nuclear industry. >> what more can you tell us about the former chairman of the u.s. regulatory commission. what does he bring to the table? >> his name is dale klein and he has a track record in promoting safety. terrorists could target reactors which could lead to a station blackout and ultimately a meltdown. few people have considered the scenario in japan. to kline is in a position to help tepco take nuclear safety to the next level. >> tepco managers took all of their plants offline after the accident. but they're looking at reopening one on the seac
Sep 27, 2012 5:00pm PDT
will continue to be a key factor in tokyo. on thursday the nikkei average fell but reversed to positive territory as investors saw a shanghai stock surge. we also need to keep a close eye on china. shares given the ongoing political tension between japan and china. overnight gains in europe are going to provide some support for japanese shares. a bigger gains for the nasdaq. it finished at hopes that spain is moving towards economic reforms and fixing its troubled finances. the government announced its 2013 budget which focuses on spending cuts having seen some violent protests in madrid investors had been protesting whether the government would take a tough stance on fiscal austeri austerity. ramin. >> how is the situation in spain effecting the currency markets? >> the euro gained a bit. let's take a look at the levels. 77.5$77.59. euro at 1.2908. dealers bought the euro against the dollar in new york after seeing developments in spain. trading action for dollar yen was a bit more muted as markets focused on developments in europe. that's it for here. back to you. >> sharp is planning
Sep 7, 2012 6:00am PDT
in tokyo considering the total amount that we should be seeing that this time of the year inspect the past two months, tokyo has only seen 32% of that. so some locations are actually wanting those rain to fall. however, yet again these isolated thunderstorms only come to pop up in the confined areas. so we may actually not get the rain where we want it. heavy rain, however, will be found here in central china. wuhon especially, you may see 250 millimeters in the next 24 hours. generally speaking, these series of low pressure systems will be moving towards the east and bringing about 100 to 150 millimeters of rainfall accumulation. tokyo looking at 31 degrees. yet again, another hot day for us. and lots of 30s in the tropics. ulaanbaatar, though, just 19 degrees for the high on your saturday. moving over to the american continent, let me show you where the hurricane leslie is moving towards. yes, it is moving towards bermud abut it looks like it will be just skimming the edge of the eastern coast of this island. looks like it will be intensifying into a category 2 status before it will be r
Sep 24, 2012 5:30pm PDT
in tokyo. iran's president often challenges and chastises western nations in defense of his country's nuclear program. but ahmadinejad's critics argue he's trying to build a bomb by allowing scientists to enrich uranium. but he says he's willing to put a stop to the practice provided other countries fill in the gap. >> reporter: ahmadinejad spoke to nhk in new york where he's scheduled to attend the annual meeting of the u.n. general assembly. he sought to dispel international concern over the possible closure of the strait of hormuz. the main shipping route for middle east oil. >> translator: iran has been maintaining the stability of the strait. we will never pose a threat in its waters. >> reporter: western nations have been demanding iran halt its nuclear project. iran had responded by warning it might close in the persian gulf. about 90% of japan's crude oil imports comes through the narrow channel. iran held a large rally last week. in a speech, ahmadinejad said iran would press ahead with its nuclear program. but the president has to consider the increasingly harsh domestic e
Sep 25, 2012 6:00am PDT
at an annual event in tokyo ahead of china's national foundation day. cheng said september 29 marks 40 years since the normalization of diplomatic ties. he said exchanges in cooperation between china and japan have developed over that period, but he expressed anxiety about the current situation. >> translator: i am deeply worried about china's relationship with japan after its purchase of the islands. >> chinese embassy staff went ahead with the reception even after organizers in beijing canceled another ceremony to mark the anniversary. officials in both countries have canceled or suspended a number of other events. >>> japanese leaders are restating their points in front of a wider audience. foreign minister koichiro gemba addressed the united nations general assembly. he argued countries should resolve their disputes in accordance with international law. nhk world's jun oikawa reports from new york. >> reporter: gemba is in new york with prime minister noda to attend the u.n. assembly. gemba delivered his speech at the-up on monday. >> there are so many causes of tensions related to natio
Sep 27, 2012 6:00am PDT
tensions after he took office in 2001 with annual business to the shrine in tokyo that honored the war dead and war criminals. china's economy grew year after year. members of the olympic committee underscored the emergence when they named beijing host of the summer games. two years later, china passed japan to be the world's second largest economy. a chinese fishing collided with japanese patrol vessels in thes en kaku islands. the collision parked widespread protests and angered many japanese. a recent survey suggests animosities are running high. the poll put anti-chinese sentiment at 84%, a record high. 65% of chinese respondents expressed negative views of japan. >> those figures suggest they will be challenged to mend relations, but an expert said it may not be as difficult size it appears. >> japan and chiba have been close are than before. we have thousands of years of relationships, but now is the best in a sense that economic exchange and people to people exchange and the level of these things higher than ever. don't just focus on the negative aspects of things. there is great res
Sep 12, 2012 7:00pm PDT
at how tokyo markets are opening this thursday morning. as you can see, both the nikkei and topix slightly lower. nikkei 8940. the topix down 0 2% at 740. the nikkei was at a 1 1/2-week high at yesterday's close as a weaker yen helped exporters. with the launch of the apple new iphone as you mentioned earlier, we may see iphone-rated stocks move today. as well as iphone partsmaker ramato manufacturing. >> if the u.s. central bank does take further easing measures, are we going to see a rally this week? >> ramin, most analysts are expecting the fed to take some action this time round but some analysts say that could take a form of the extension of zero interest rates for another year until 2015. that may disappoint some markets that are expecting more bond buying and assess purchases. let's take a look at how that's moving the currency markets right now. the dollar/yen is 77.77-85. euro/yen 100.38-43. the dollar is under some pressure against the yen on expectations of quantitative easing measures. the euro is higher against the yen following germany's approval the eurozone bailout
Sep 26, 2012 7:00pm PDT
at the tokyo stock exchange. how are japanese stocks kicking off this morning? >> the nikkei fell below 9,000 on wednesday hitting a two-week low and it is moving below that level. it's now heading -- trading below 8,900. let's look at the levels. the nikkei is $8864 down half a 1%. and topix down half of 1%. now at 739. the dow jones finished at 13,413 down about a third of 1% and the nasdaq at 3093 dollars. those declines have a lot to do with jitters about the eurozone. there were violent protests in madrid. and we saw the biggest anti-austerity demonstration in more than a year in greece as you just mentioned. people are wondering, are indebted european countries going to be able to put their fiscal health back in order in that prompted people to sell energy and high-tech. we had news in the political front on wednesday. the opposition liberal democratic party picked shinzo abe as the new person. >>> we're learning about how political tensions between japan and china is affecting the economy. do you see that happening through the stock markets? >> indeed. investors will continue to ke
Sep 19, 2012 7:30am EDT
the relisting. the carrier relisted its shares on the first section of the tokyo stock exchanges when day after making exceptionally quick progress with its business turnaround. shares ended the morning session at 3,830 yen, or $4. that is about 1% higher than the initial public offering price of $3,790 yen. a government backed body that helped the carrier's restructuring will sell its stake in the company. the carrier received nearly $4.5 billion from the state backed body, scrapped routes and cut jobs. these efforts helped japan airlines post a record operating profit of $2.5 billion in the last fiscal year. the company plans to use the money raised by the relisting to repay the bailout fund. a u.s. federal district court in california rejected samsung electronic request to lift a ban on sales of tablet computers. the court said the issue should be taken up at a federal appellate court. this came after the court's decision in june to temporarily ban sales of samsung's galaxy tab 10.1. the ruling was in favor of apple. which claimed samsung vie lated its pat enter. last month a jury at the sam
Sep 20, 2012 7:30am EDT
>>> welcome to "newsline." i'm yuko aotani in tokyo. >>> nthose who criticized japan go silent. china and taiwan also claim the territory in the east chinese sea. but there have been no reports of demonstrations during the day. and japanese resident are returning to their routines. protestors targeted the japanese embassy in beijing for eight days. the chinese government called on people to use restraint. and the site has been quiet two days. students at the japanese school in beijing went back to class on thursday. many of them live near the embassy. the school was closed for three days to ensure their safety. >> translator: some chinese people are too excited. we know many people who have common sense and take a global view. they see the dispute calmly. but no one hears their voices. >> all ten japanese schools across china have reopened. >>> japanese coast guard crews are tracking chinese government ships around the islands and warning them not to approach japanese waters. coast guard officers have spotted 16 chinese patrol ships in the area since tuesday. six of the ships h
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